Meghan and half-sister fight ‘rags to riches’ childhood explained

Meghan Markle and her half-sister have been locked in a defamation lawsuit over Oprah Winfrey’s account of the Duchess that she “grew up as an only child.”

Lawyers for Samantha Markle say Meghan attempted to tarnish her brother’s reputation so that Samantha could not challenge the Duchess’s account of her early life.

Meghan told Oprah in March 2021 how “I’d love to have siblings” and suggested Samantha didn’t really know her. In contrast, Samantha’s team said she helped Meghan with her homework and took her to school – a claim the royal denies.

The case accuses Meghan of instructing her “agent and communications secretary” to report negative evaluations of Samantha to the writers of the Bombshell 2020 biography. finding freedom,

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seen above, visit the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, where the Duchess of Sussex gives a speech about helping fund her university tuition on October 24, 2018. Controversy over the account of his father, Thomas Markle
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finding freedom ‘Was used by the Duchess’

A filing by Samantha’s lawyers read: “The book was used by the Duchess to corroborate the false narrative that she portrayed the royal family, that she would allegedly live in the life of the story book of wealth.” Was.

“A life that took her from a humble beginning like that of Cinderella, to the wife of a prince, a duchess. She didn’t hesitate to misjudge the actions of her older sister, Mrs. Markle. Her. Her Mrs. Markle There was a need to distance myself from him and lay the blame on any and all issues.”

Meghan’s lawyers were blunt in their court filing: “[Samantha] admits that the author of ‘There is no dispute that’ finding freedom Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand are, ‘and not Meghan. This is the death knell for all claims against Meghan based on the statements in the book.”

Meghan and Thomas Markle’s controversy over their upbringing

While the gist of the matter is about Meghan and Samantha’s relationship and how close they are, the long-running dispute between Meghan and her father also serves as the backdrop for some issues.

Thomas Markle has challenged many details of his daughter’s childhood and adolescence, including a letter he wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In support of paid family leave, Meghan’s open letter read: “I grew up in a $4.99 salad bar in Sizzler’s – then it might have cost less (to be honest, I can’t remember) – but what I Remember that feeling: I knew how hard my parents worked to afford it because even for five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky.”

However, Thomas Markle challenged his daughter’s story in an interview with a UK tabloid. Sun: “He never, ever in his life had to worry about anything like this.

“We would do the coolest restaurant in town and we would do sizzlers because it was convenient. We never had to rub our pennies together and only had a salad bar. He had a salad bar—but he did the food, too.”

Meghan Markle’s Tenure at Humphrey Yogart

Meghan’s open letter also stated: “I started working[at the local frozen yogurt store]when I was 13. I made tables, babysats, and crumble to cover the odds and ends Waited for jobs together.

“I worked all my life and could save when and where—but that was also a luxury—because usually it was about having enough to pay my rent and putting gas in my car.”

This account was also challenged by Thomas Markle in an interview for Tom Bower’s biography. Revenge: War between Meghan, Harry and the Windsors,

She said: “She never worked when she was in school. I don’t allow that. And she didn’t need to.”

The book added: “Thomas Markle not only made sure Meghan was well fed,
But on weekends he paid for extra tuition and trips out of town.”


Thomas Markle’s remarks follow a statement from Humphrey Yogart ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan’s 2018 royal wedding: “Meghan Markle, our former employee, and Humphrey’s with some Strawberry + Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt from her wedding to Prince Harry Join the celebration – this royal combination is available at 50% off all day on Saturday, May 19. (Please one visit per customer).”

The company added in a comment: “We think this was around 1995.” That was the year Meghan turned 14.

How Meghan funded her Northwestern University career

Meghan and her father also had a dispute over funding for her degree at Northwestern University, which she suggested took out a loan to pay.

Meghan gave a speech at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji in 2018, where she said: “It was through scholarships, financial aid programs and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition ..that I was able to attend university.”

Her father had challenged that statement through a filing submitted by the court. mail on sundayThe legal team after Meghan sued the newspaper for privacy and copyright infringement.

The document read: “Mr Markle had endorsed [Meghan] in his childhood and youth. He had paid the fees of his private school. She had paid all of her college tuition and continued to pay off her student loans after she left Northwestern University, even though she had a well-deserved role Suit,

Thomas Markle would be ‘thrilled’ to provide evidence

Meghan has applied for the case to be dismissed, but if the judge accompanies her half-sister, she may see some of these issues being dragged to court, especially after Thomas Markle has given evidence in support of his older daughter. has offered.

on my youtube channel, remarkable friendshipHe said: “I’ve been trying for almost four years to be able to see my daughter and her ginger husband face to face in the courtroom. I didn’t see them face to face. I didn’t see my grandchildren. Me in court Will be happy to come and talk to your eldest daughter [Samantha],

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